Phonics and Reading

Phonics and Reading

Key Staff: Mr C Healey, Mrs Wiggins

At Christ Church we are passionate about Reading and we endeavour to make sure that all our children develop a love of reading and that every child leaves us as a reader. We use the "Power of Reading" and "Big Writing" projects as a basis to promote reading and high quality literacy work in the school.

Central to our approach is the teaching of systematic phonics using "Letters and Sounds" with "The Liverpool Scheme". Daily, discrete high quality teaching alongside effective assessment and tracking helps to ensure that children meet the ambitious reading targets that are set for them.

The school uses banded books to ensure children are challenged and progress with the reading books they take home from school to share with parents and carers.

All of our classrooms feature bright, stimulating and inviting book corners for children to sit and read in and we regularly invest in high quality texts for the children. In our book corners you will often find recommendations and reviews of their favourite books. By the time the children leave us in Year 6 they read many books by magnificent authors.

Guided Reading happens throughout the school and in this time children have further opportunity to engage with high quality texts and show their understanding through a range of responses such as drama, extended writing opportunities and reader's theatre. We also ensure that throughout their time at school children regularly hear adults reading aloud. 

Our reading curriculum is primarily delivered in two ways:

  • through "guided reading" sessions
  • through reading-focused sessions

 During these sessions, children are taught the key skills of; retrieval; inference; structure; language choice; purpose/viewpoint and context.

At every stage of a child's life, reading should be pleasurable and we believe that time should be devoted at school and home to "reading for pleasure". During curriculum time throughout the week, children have the opportunity to read books of their own choice, which they take home, read and discuss. This is key to the development and enjoyment of reading.

For additional help and resources with phonics, please refer to our "Links" section.

The Book Fair has been in school this week: